convenience store (Konbini)

Smoking in Japan: Manners and Tips

No one can say that smoking is healthy – that’s for sure. But an adult choice is just that, much like drinking whiskey or playing the lotto. For those smokers in Japan, here is a quick guide to cigarettes. Some people would say that Japan is a smoker’s paradise. Cigarettes are fairly cheap, smoking areas…

Conbini Agemono (Fried Goodies): One Bite and You’re in Heaven…

Konbini in Japan are spread all throughout Japan, making the lives of people easier and much convenient. If you don’t want to cook, then you can just buy! But for those people who are on the go and just want to eat something on the spot, then Konbini Agemono is your food of choice! Agemono…

Japanese Rice Balls (Onigiri): What’s Inside?

Who doesn’t love a quick snack that is healthy and full of nutrition? Japanese rice balls are great, convenient and quick, pre-wrapped, and easy to eat. No utensils required. Before you chow down on an unknown filling, get to know your rice balls (onigiri)! The insides are a mystery. Some stores are kind enough to…

Tips on Where to Eat on a Tight Budget in Japan!

For some travellers, traveling in Japan is quite expensive even when it’s not peak season. Transportation, accommodation and food expenses will be the main concerns everyone has to consider. How to have an unforgettable trip but also having something spare for any subsequent trips? For instance, visiting various attractions, doing lots of shopping and at…

Going to a Concert in Japan: From A to Z

Japan is known as “the Land of the Rising Sun”. But if I would give it another name, I’d call it “the Land of Various Entertainments”. Everywhere you go in Japan, the entertainments are eye-catching and if you’re one of those that’s been wondering what it would be like to take part in it, then…

Japanese Convenience Stores (Conbini): More than Just Another Store

Every few blocks, you’ll definitely find a convenience store in Japan. These are known as “conbini” in Japanese. This is the reason why Japan is called the “Land of Convenience.” These are not only places for you to buy your daily necessities but also a place for you to pay your utility bills. What makes…

10 Tips For Worry–Free Travel in Japan

Travelling in a foreign country may be rather challenging, especially if you do not speak its language. How to prepare for your trip in Japan and make it smoother than ever? 1. Rent a pocket WiFi jp.fotolia.com/ Mobile broadband services and plans are quite expensive in Japan. You should purchase or rent the ‘Pocket WiFi’…

Unexpected Random Things that the Japanese simply Love

Japanese people love sushi, rice balls, vending machines, cute CosPlay costumes and Hello Kitty… that much is obvious. But what about other adorations that you only notice once you live in Japan? This is a quirky country, and I have been taken aback many times by the surprising things that the Japanese like, such as……

Can you open ’the Convenience of Rice Balls’ properly?

Japanese version of a sandwich? Welcome to the world of onigiri, the traditional Japanese version of a sandwich. It’s, of course, made by rolling rice up into an extremely portable, hand-held meal. Onigiri is usually shaped into a triangle, but they can also be found disc-shaped, square-shaped, and spherical. Some creative Japanese parents might add…

Top 10 delicious meals from convenience stores!

As you may know, convenience stores in Japan or Konbini always provide you with delicious packages of foods that we call ‘bento’. It is not a difficult thing for people who live in or visit Japan to find the food when they get hungry and there are no restaurants around. Foods in konbini mostly have…